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Advent Lutheran Elementary School

Private | K-4 | 33 students


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Posted April 30, 2010

Advent provides an exceptional learning environment with bright classrooms and teachers who encourage each child to learn and excel. The children grow academically and spiritually with a Christian education. The Parent Teacher League works together well, and the Principal has been a wonderful asset to the school. We are very pleased with our child's experience at Advent and would recommend any parent looking for a quality education for their child or children to come see what Advent has to offer.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 28, 2010

For the first time in Advent Elementary's history, the school, church and child development center are working together. This is due to the new exceptional principal, pastor Paul Bickel. Pastor Bickel brings an impressive spiritual and academic resume to Advent. We appreciate his leadership, guidance and willingness to listen. Advent will continue to grow and strengthen under Pastor Bickel's direction.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 28, 2010

Advent Lutheran has been a wonderful school for my child. We tried the public school system and had a terrible experience with bullying and other issues not being addressed. Advent is different. I have found the teachers and Pastor Bickel to be very responsive to any questions that I may have had. The Parent Teacher League which consists of all parents is consulted and provides input for the school. There are many opportunities to be involved from volunteering at library to hot lunch where you can see the children are learning and happy. We are not members of the congregation or Lutheran but our child has benefited greatly from a school that cares. Advent has been able to help my child excel academically. My child currently reads several levels above grade and is being taught from materials above grade level to continue advancement. My second child will begin kindergarten there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 27, 2010

I'm a proud parent of an Advent Lutheran Elementary student. My child has excelled academically and spiritually since we joined Advent. There is a strong Parent Teacher League that has open lines of communiation with the School, Church and Child Development Center. If anyone is interested in our School I would suggest they contact a parent. You don't need to be a member of the church congregation to be actively involved with your child's education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 27, 2010

My son is in the first grade at Advent Lutheran Elementary School and I am very pleased with the quality education he is receiving. The teachers are excellent and encorage each student to excel. Pastor Bickel provides exceptional leadership as Principal. There is a very active Parent-Teacher League where the parents, teachers and administrators work closely together to ensure the success of the school. I encourage anyone who is seeking a quality, Christian education, presented in a safe and nuturing environment, to consider Advent for their child.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 20, 2010

This school was grossly misrepresented to us and we find its mission seriously misguided. While the building is beautiful, the direction of the school is controlled by an elite few associated with the church. This does not allow for a thriving school unless you are part of the church congregation. Communication is nonexistent and key decisions are made in vacuums. We decided this school is far from an acceptable fit for us and fear for its longevity under these weighty issues.

Posted March 17, 2010

Under the leadership of Pastor Paul V. Bickel, the students at Advent Lutheran thrive. I am impressed with the strong curriculum, the Christ-centered environment, the wonderful teachers and the beautiful building. If you want a quality Christian education for your child, send him/her to Advent.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 19, 2009

My child graduated from Advent in 2009. It is sad that this school has not been able to grow a larger student body each year. You will her many things good and not so good about Advent, but I will tell you, having been through 3 differnt schools in 7 years- you will not find a school that provides more love and respect for your child then this one. That is really what each child needs in their early years. Mrs Thierer and Mrs Aniunas are exceptional teachers who will give your child 110% and will cherish them. If this is what is important to you, please try Advent. Your child could shadow for a few days this school year and you can see what it is like. They can also meet the current students. This school is like a family- a happy, kind family
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 30, 2009

My daughter once attended Advent's day care facility, and is now in the third grade at Advent Elementary. I believe Advent provides a loving, christian environment for children to learn and grow, with a progressive trend toward higher academics, behavior, and personal development. The administration and faculty truely care about the students, and coupled with a new modern facility, Advent offers everything a student needs. While there has been a lack of leadership the past few years, we are excited to welcome a new principal for 2009. Rev. Bickel brings over 20 years teaching and principal experience to Advent, as well as his leadership skills and ministry. Advent is sure to benefit and grow under his guidance! My daughter loves this school and has developed many close friendships with students and staff. She wakes up each morning eager to embrace a new day of learning!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 28, 2009

Advent is a wonderful school that offers the best Christian and quality education in the area. I teach at Advent and love my job. The children care for one another and are kind. It is like being part of one big family. I know the teachers love teaching at Advent and the children. The principal is fantastic. It is a comfort to us to have such a spiritual man who is a great leader. I would highly recommend that you visit our school and see for yourself.
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Posted September 23, 2009

Advent is a great school. It has a very nurturing environment. If you are looking for a great school - this is it. The teachers genuinely care for the students. There is a new principal who is phenominal. My son has been at Advent since 2005, he loves it and would not go anywhere else. GOOD CHRISTIAN EDUCATION.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 25, 2009

We have been at Advent now for 3 years and have decided not to return for the 2009-2010 school year. It is a very small school in both staff and students. The school has lacked any type of leadership from the principal and the administration. The class room teachers truely care about each and evey child in this school but lack the resources to be able to make this a great school. Communication is poor. For a small sized school, it seems to be always full of drama/conflicts and parents who want to shelter their children from the real world of life.
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Posted February 9, 2008

Advent Lutheran Elementary is a fantastic school. Our daughter loves her teachers and the other students. The teachers pray together, while making thoughtful decisions that are the best choices for the children. That is what we love the most about the school. Everything seems to be done in the spirit of Christianity and what is in the best interest of the students. We highly recommend it to any family looking for a loving, educational environment for their child.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 2, 2008

Terrific environment for my two grandchildren. Small classes and great teachers. A loving and nurturing atmosphere. School is small with room to grow. Hopefully more families will learn about this terrific learning experience for their children.

Posted November 9, 2007

Our daughter has begun her second year at Advent. She began her education at TLS and transfered to Advent for 3rd grade. The school is still small and new. This allows wonderful opportunities for parent involvement and a student body where all children are friends. Our child loves Advent. She has 'the most kind' teachers who are devoted to the kids. The small class sizes allow her to have more attention from her teacher and more opportunities for advancement and challenges. She even has they ability to par-take of higher grade levels of subjects she excells in. Advent still has much growth to do as far as facilities and extra-curricular activities but it well than makes up with that in what it offers in education. My husband and I love this school, and feel we have made an excellent decision in enrolling our child here.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 20, 2007

Wondeful academic environment with a strong christian base. The faculty is loving and kind. Our child loves attending school. The other families are friendly, with solid values. We highly recommend Advent Lutheran.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 18, 2005

My daugher has attended this school since its inception in 2003 and it is wonderful. She went to public school before Advent for one year and hated it. She complained every day she was bored. At Advent, she can't wait to go to school. She loves it there. I can not believe the knowledge she has gained there. All the teachers and the principal are excellent. They all make you feel involved and help you and your child through any problems they may have. This school is an A+++ in our family.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 10, 2004

I have three childreen enrolled in this school. I am very pleased with the education they are recieving they are by far better than any public school and the teachers and principal are outstanding. I would recommend this school for everone especially if you want to be involved in their education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 16, 2004

the principal and teachers are outstanding and I have never witnessed as much parent involvement as in this school. This is a new school that opened in Sept 2003 and I couldn't be happier with it. I recommend it to everone. Please check it out.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 89% 45%
Black 5% 40%
Hispanic 5% 10%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% N/A
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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2230 Rock Spring Rd
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